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    Can 1023e run a Bush hog?

    My dealer mentioned that the 23e wouldn't really run a rear mounted Bush hog, and that duty is more for the 25.

    Is anyone using a Bush hog or other rear implement for brush etc on a 1023e? Is this true? Just checking as it seems people are running them on the little kubota...
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    My 1025 runs my RC2048 just fine. I can't imagine the small decrease in HP the 1023 has would make any noticeable difference.
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    A guy I know bought a used 1023 with a 4’ rotary cutter a few years ago. He enjoyed it and was cutting all the fields in his neighborhood. It was a workout for the little machine sometimes. He took smaller bites and was patient in the thick stuff. He made it work. He liked that kind of mowing so much he traded it in on a 2032R. He lives on a 1/2 acre. He’s very popular with his rural neighbors. The dealer had sold the combo new and had no trouble reselling it twice.
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    I have mowed for two years with my 1023e and a 4ft brush hog in all sorts of conditions and it never missed a beat.
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    Appreciate all the replies guys! It seemed hard to believe that it couldn't do it at all while the 25r was strong at it. Obviously it means taking a smaller bite at times though.
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    My 1023E ran an RC2048 thru three foot high weeds at least once a year. I just set it up to about 6 inches and kept the PTO above 500 RPM with my speed (low gear). Under 10 inch high weeds I could use high gear and cut to 4 inches with no real problem. I also used it to back in under cedar trees to clear the brush and weeds before limbing them up. And my RC2048 had the solid (mulching?) front and rear guards.

    The 1023E is a real workhorse if you don't try to push it and just use common sense. Full throttle and use my right foot to keep the PTO in range was the way to most quickly get jobs done. Same technique for bush hog, MMM, and tiller.
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    Like many things, it's often the operator more than the equipment. Check out the mowing with the RC2048, talk about tall and dense material.....cuts it no problem, just go slow when its really tall or thick, but you should anyways........
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    Well if a X748 can handle a 4' bush hog your 1023 should be able to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJR345 View Post
    Well if a X748 can handle a 4' bush hog your 1023 should be able to.
    Just curious, Which model rotary mower is that on your x748? I noticed it looks like it has the slip clutch. Does your mower have a one piece blade or a two piece blade? As I would expect, your tractor handles that mower with no problem........

    I would also STRONGLY SUGGEST the OP, Carolina Deere, to make sure to get the Slip Clutch on his rear 3ph mower to protect his tractor's PTO drive line. He should also make sure to start and stop the PTO engagement on the rear 3ph mowers with the RPM's well below the suggested operating speed just to reduce the shock to the PTO system because of the rotating mass on this style mower.

    While a MMM has a belt driving the pulleys on the deck and spring loaded idler pulleys to provide some "slip or give" in the event of the blades hitting something solid, the rear 3 ph mowers rely on the slip clutch to give the machine some "slack" to deal with these types of objects.

    The little Yanmar at 22 HP had been cutting, plowing and doing all sorts of tasks for decades, very reliably I might add in a number of machines from the 750, 755, 770, 855, 400, 455, x495, x595, x740, x744, x748, x750, x754, x758.........and others which I am sure i have overlooked and everyone of these machines was rated at or less than the HP of the 1025r...........
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